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Schumann : The Symphonies

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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As Yannick Nézet-Séguin continues to explore the Romantic symphonic repertoire, it becomes increasingly apparent that he has a strong affinity for German composers, something not readily guessed of this Canadian maestro. There might be an underlying connection between his recordings of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner, for which he has received considerable attention and acclaim, and this 2014 Deutsche Grammophon album of the four symphonies of Robert Schumann, which shows Nézet-Séguin as a strong advocate for this somewhat discounted symphonist. Like Bruckner, Schumann was not a brilliant composer for the orchestra, which has put both composers at a disadvantage with audiences, and Nézet-Séguin has to do some careful balancing of the sections and dynamics to produce a transparent sound, which is not easy to do, in light of Schumann's frequent doubling of strings and woodwinds. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe responds well to Nézet-Séguin's direction, so Schumann's music is substantially lighter sounding, thanks to the lean sound of the ensemble, as well as to the noticeable care the conductor takes in drawing out distinctive timbres, and not letting the music become too homogenous in color. Of course, the expression is affected by this fresh airing of these symphonies, and as might be expected, the music is lighter, cleaner, quicker, and more exciting, due in part to the streamlining of Schumann's textures. These live recordings were made in Paris in 2012, and while they are a little shallow sounding, details are perfectly clear with the proper volume setting.
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Symphony No.1 In B Flat, Op.38 - "Spring" (Robert Schumann)

1
1. Andante un poco maestoso - Allegro molto vivace
00:10:46

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
2. Larghetto
00:05:47

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
00:05:10

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 "Spring" (Robert Schumann)

4
4. Allegro animato e grazioso
00:07:49

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No.4 in D minor, Op.120 (Robert Schumann)

5
1. Ziemlich langsam - Lebhaft
00:10:20

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
2. Romanze (Ziemlich langsam)
00:04:02

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
3. Scherzo
00:05:20

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
4. Langsam - Lebhaft - Schneller - Presto
00:08:48

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No.2 in C, Op.61 (Robert Schumann)

9
1. Sostenuto assai - Un poco più vivace - Allegro ma non troppo - Con fuoco
00:11:06

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
2. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
00:06:46

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
3. Adagio espresssivo
00:09:33

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
4. Allegro molto vivace
00:07:35

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Symphony No.3 In E Flat, Op.97 - "Rhenish" (Robert Schumann)

13
1. Lebhaft
00:09:12

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
2. Scherzo (Sehr mäßig)
00:05:59

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
3. Nicht schnell
00:05:09

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
4. Feierlich
00:05:23

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
5. Lebhaft
00:05:34

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor - Robert Schumann, Composer - (Daniel Zalay, Producer - Dimitri Scapolan, Editor, Asst. Recording Engineer - Christian Lahondès, Recording Engineer - Jessica Foucher, Asst. Recording Engineer)

℗ 2014 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

As Yannick Nézet-Séguin continues to explore the Romantic symphonic repertoire, it becomes increasingly apparent that he has a strong affinity for German composers, something not readily guessed of this Canadian maestro. There might be an underlying connection between his recordings of the symphonies of Anton Bruckner, for which he has received considerable attention and acclaim, and this 2014 Deutsche Grammophon album of the four symphonies of Robert Schumann, which shows Nézet-Séguin as a strong advocate for this somewhat discounted symphonist. Like Bruckner, Schumann was not a brilliant composer for the orchestra, which has put both composers at a disadvantage with audiences, and Nézet-Séguin has to do some careful balancing of the sections and dynamics to produce a transparent sound, which is not easy to do, in light of Schumann's frequent doubling of strings and woodwinds. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe responds well to Nézet-Séguin's direction, so Schumann's music is substantially lighter sounding, thanks to the lean sound of the ensemble, as well as to the noticeable care the conductor takes in drawing out distinctive timbres, and not letting the music become too homogenous in color. Of course, the expression is affected by this fresh airing of these symphonies, and as might be expected, the music is lighter, cleaner, quicker, and more exciting, due in part to the streamlining of Schumann's textures. These live recordings were made in Paris in 2012, and while they are a little shallow sounding, details are perfectly clear with the proper volume setting.
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